[LINK] Has the world just gone light-headed, or completely bonkers?

Jevan Pipitone discussion-email-lists at jevan.com.au
Wed Jul 17 22:12:11 AEST 2019

The reset switch could be in the base of the bulb, like you said, which people have to remove the bulb from the light socket, switch the reset switch ON, insert the bulb, turn on the bulb (which causes the reset to occur), turn off the bulb at the light switch, remove the bulb from the socket, switch the reset switch off on the base of the bulb, insert the bulb into the socket.

If it's really going to be such a smart bulb, high intelligence, maybe it needs bluetooth and wifi. Also the intelligence circuitry box needs to plug into the light socket, and the light bulb plugs into the intelligence circuitry part, in order to avoid needing to replace the intelligence circuitry box when the bulb blows, by separating the two. 

Alternatively the light switch could have the wifi/bluetooth in it for remote control, in the same way as dimmer knobs can be added, rather than having it in the bulb unit itself. Yes this would require an electrician to install all of your new intelligent light switches. However they could do the whole house in one go, so there would be only one call-out fee, to reduce the cost.


On Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:24:42 +1000
Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:

> On Wed, 2019-07-17 at 10:21 +1000, Roger Clarke wrote:
> > If you need to reset the software in your GE smart light bulb -- 
> > firmware version 2.8 or later -- just follow these easy instructions
> This procedure saves them the cost of a reset switch in the bulb
> circuitry. A switch that they cannot have people operating in the
> presence of 240V mains power, so would have to be on the base of the
> bulb, inaccessible when the bulb is in place.
> With the switch, the procedure would be "turn off light, remove bulb,
> set switch, insert bulb, turn on light, bulb will flash three times,
> turn off light, remove bulb, set switch off, insert bulb".
> However, this procedure does not ensure that the customer turns off the
> light before removing or inserting the bulb, so dramatically increases
> the risk that the customer will electrocute themselves while trying to
> reset the bulb. As bulb resets are not a function of ordinary light
> bulbs, these electrocutions will immediately become "GE's fault", and
> they don't want that.
> The actual procedure directly incorporates having the bulb in place and
> safe. The many steps ensure that the bulb is highly unlikely to reset
> accidentally.
> So not as insane as it may first appear...
> Regards, K.
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